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County road access to U.S. 71 near Rich Hill to close Monday

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Nevada Daily Mail

Drivers who use 6708th County Road in Bates County will no longer be able to access U.S. 71 north of Rich Hill beginning Monday, Oct. 15, according to a press release from the Missouri Department of Transpor-tation.

The connection will be removed permanently as part of the upgrading of U.S. 71 to Interstate 49.

Crews also will remove several crossovers in the U.S. 71 median north of Rich Hill. During the work, drivers can expect one southbound lane to be closed on U.S. 71, where crews are working, the press release noted.

The work is part of a larger project to build outer roads north of Rich Hill on both sides of U.S. 71. The west outer road will run between County Road 3778 and the Marais des Cygnes River, and the east outer road will run between County Road 4016 and Highway B at Rich Hill.

The primary contractor building the outer roads is Lehman Construction of California, Mo., doing the work for a low bid amount of $5.4 million, and MoDOT expects the project to be completed in early November.

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